Fallout 76 has been one of the most negatively received games this generation. Tanking Bethesda’s reputation. Now, Bethesda has confirmed they have delayed the upcoming Wastelanders update while also discussing putting pay-to-win items into the Atomic Shop.

According to the official site:

We’ve been hard at work on Fallout 76 this year, including our biggest free update yet, Wastelanders. We’re excited about how Wastelanders is coming together but it’s going to need more time to be the best, most polished update it can be, so we are delaying its release to Q1 next year. We’ve continued to re-evaluate and change our processes to make sure the work we’re doing hits our quality bar, and yours. We apologize for this delay but know it will be worth the extra time.

What is strange is that Bethesda is looking to add more gameplay effecting items.

Our approach to these items at launch was to keep them purely cosmetic. But after looking at all the data, it became clear that to consistently deliver content that keeps Fallout 76 fresh and exciting for all, we needed to rethink our approach to the Atomic Shop.

While we had many ideas on what to add to the Atomic Shop, one of the ways was the direct result of the community’s feedback. We heard from many of you who wanted items with some real utility. Starting in April, we began adding items such as Repair Kits, Scrap Kits, the Collectron Station, and a working Refrigerator. These have since become the most popular category in the Atomic Shop. We’re also still working on all the previously announced items and new cosmetic categories.

This goes against what Bethesda’s Pete Hines stated in an interview with Gamespot before Fallout 76’s release. That all microtransactions would be cosmetic only. But Repair Kits, Scrap Kits, the Collectron Station, and Refrigerator offer convenience for storing items and repairing equipment.

In addition, private servers will be added at a later date. For a price.

Fallout 76 is now available for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

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